I've been trying to come up with fun things Mr. Car man (age 3) to do while I help the girls do their school work. The poor kid is so bored and everyone else gets all the attention! To alleviate his boredom (and keep him from wandering off somewhere to lie down and suck him thumb!) I did a few things.
I purchased THIS Magna-Doodle board for him to play with and to start practicing writing letters and shapes.
The third thing I purchased was THIS awesome Play-Doh garbage truck. This toy is a MAJOR hit at our house. HOURS of play ensued after I pulled this out. YES!!! You can mold little pieces of "garbage" and then dump them into the top of the garbage truck. As you roll the truck along the rollers inside turn and mold the dough into new "garbage" shapes which then are spit out from the back of the truck. The items molded are a cockroach, a mouse, a fish...and something else I've forgotten. Hee hee. The kids were just rolling around with laughter. (Hey, we have cockroaches everywhere, so our sense of humor concerning the pests is heightened.)
Now, I normally don't go out buying a bunch of toys for my kids. I'm more prone to get RID of toys actually! But I realized our little guy had only a handful of cars that he liked to play with, and that was it. I figured that if we purchased a few things that were put away except for during school time they would be interesting and fun for a long time. I didn't want to buy more than just a couple of items though, and I still needed a few more activities to keep my little guy busy.
So, I made a super cheap geoboard for him to use. (All the kids love to play with it too!)
Another thing I did to make it simple was to measure the board and the nails and mark on the nail where I wanted to pound it in to. Then I just tried to put in the rest of the nails at the same height. I'm sure it's not perfect, but good enough for our needs.
|Pounding, pounding, pounding. My poor wrist!|
Now, before I forget, I better show the parking garage I made for Mr. Car Man. I saw the idea for making one in an old Family Fun magazine article I'd saved. Ours is made with a toilet paper tubes and cereal boxes. I just hot glued the parts together and drew in some parking spaces. I taped a ramp down the side and we were set!
|"I'm overcome with my mom's awesomeness for making me a parking garage."|
What simple toys or activities do YOU use to keep the little people occupied? I could use a few more ideas...